Cheltenham Festival novice events take shape

Moon Racer

WITH just under three weeks until the Cheltenham Festival gets underway, the novice chases and hurdles over the four days are taking shape with the unveiling of the latest acceptors following the February 21 scratchings deadline. Tuesday March 14 gets underway with the £125,000 G1 Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle (1.30pm), for which there are …[Read More]

Cheltenham Festival races explained

by JACK ROSE  The Cheltenham Festival is a major meeting in the National Hunt racing calendar, second only in prize money to the Grand National. It takes place in March and is usually on at the same time as St Patrick’s Day, with many Irish horses taking part in the event and this can create …[Read More]

Cheltenham Festival Day One Main Event, Champion Hurdle Preview and Betting Tips

by FABIO SMITH Excitement is gathering and punters are revelling in what is set to be as big an event as ever. The first day of the Cheltenham Festival is on Tuesday March 14 and kick-starts four days of world-class horse racing. The main event on day one is the Stan James Champion Hurdle, a …[Read More]

Five to follow at 2017 Cheltenham Festival

Messire Des Obeaux

I’M confused. Bookies are confused. Punters are probably bemused. The ante-post markets for the 2017  Cheltenham Festival are about as clear as mud. Big stars are falling by the wayside, the latest being Faugheen and Min. But while purists will bemoan a dearth of so-called superstars, punters should be rubbing their hands. Watching odds-on shots …[Read More]

Ziga Boy to do Sky Bet Chase double

Ziga Boy

SATURDAY is the best day’s racing for some time. Probably of the season. Trials day at Cheltenham has gained traction in recent years and the mighty THISTLECRACK will bid to cement his position as wonder horse supreme and Gold Cup favourite in the Cotswold Chase. He should do it although both Smad Place and Many …[Read More]

Lil Rockerfeller to shine at Cheltenham

Lil Rockerfeller

A HAPPY new year to you all. It’s a big day for ITV On Sunday as it begins its terrestrial coverage of our sport. Ed Chamberlin, Richard Hoiles, Matt Chapman et al will probably be tucked up in bed early tonight in readiness for what is an excellent card at Cheltenham tomorrow. It will be …[Read More]

Cue Card v Thistlecrack in King George battle

Cue Card and Thistlecrack with Colin Tizzard

IT’S akin to Ovett v Coe. Or Denman v Kauto Star. Or Ali v Frazier. Thistlecrack v Cue Card is a Boxing Day treat in the King George VI Chase that not many could have anticipated. The tale of the tape may favour last year’s winner Cue Card. He looked as good as ever in …[Read More]

Win a day out at Cheltenham

Competition now closed. THOSE generous souls at Stan James have come up trumps again. We’ve teamed up to offer readers of this blog FIVE pairs of Club tickets to StanJames.com International Hurdle day at Cheltenham on December 10. And there is also a £50 free bet for one lucky winner. This is one of the …[Read More]

Betfair Chase: Cue Card v Coneygree

RACING needs a lift. It’s been a fairly dark fortnight for the sport, what with Freddy Tylicki, Vautour and Simonsig creating the sort of headlines we dread. Not to mention a tabloid splash about an alleged gang assault involving jockeys. We need a boost, a clash to set the pulse racing and lift the spirits. …[Read More]

Tears for Simonsig at the Cheltenham Open Meeting

THE sport of kings can sometimes test the patience and loyalty of its most ardent fans. Today was such a day. The end of the Cheltenham Open Meeting ended in genuine heartbreak and tears with the death of the beautiful grey Simonsig. Excruciatingly, it came just two hours after his trainer Nicky Henderson had openly …[Read More]